- a young person; youth
- a young animal or plant
- Now Rare a novice
Origin of younglingMiddle English yongling ; from Old English geongling, diminutive akin to German jüngling, Old Norse ynglingr: see young and amp; -ling
From Middle English youngling, ȝungling, from Old English ġeongling (“a youth”), from Proto-Germanic *jungalingaz, *jungilingaz (“young man, youngling”), equivalent to young + -ling. Cognate with Dutch jongeling (“a youngster”), German Jüngling (“a youth”), Swedish yngling (“a youth, kid”), Icelandic unglingur (“teenager, youth”). More at young.